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Is Ayatollah Khamenehi the Godfather of Iranian oil mafia?

Published Friday, April 18, 2008

Paris, 18 April (IPS)        If one is to believe the Iranian President’s “confessions” concerning the situation of corruption in the Islamic Republic, one has to reach one conclusion: That the Godfather of Iranian Mafia is no other person that Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, the “Guide” of the Islamic Republic.

          In fact, in an hour long major speech pronounced three days ago in Qom, a so-called holly city known to be the “cradle” of militant Shi’ism, Iranian fanatic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad complained that “powerful gangs, influential  personalities, long arms present at both the Legislative and Executive powers” prevents him to fight against corruption.

Ahmadinejad cites banks, Government, Customs and ministries as places where the “corruption barons and Mafia bosses” have infiltrated.

          He cited banks, the State’s Registrar Office, Customs and ministries as places were the “corruption barons and Mafia bosses” have infiltrated.

          “Why one factory that produces certain goods pays 300 million toumans 3000 US Dollars) of tax per year while another one that produces exactly same thing pays almost nothing? He complained, without naming the factory or saying what kind of good the factories are producing.

          “Under the pretext of Islamic banking, banks continue same old methods on providing loans, meaning giving huge credits to some influential people, and the main culprit is the Central Bank”, Mr. Ahmadinejad said, adding according to the Information (Intelligence Ministry), some banks have paid 1.5 billion toumans (1.5 million USD) to “some particular persons. When we tried to oppose, many powerful hands entered the scene, prevented our action. As you see, unfortunately, and regretfully, some administrations, including the Central Bank, did not act properly and that corrupt gang was able to succeed”.

          But again, he did not identify any of these “particular persons” who received huge loans from banks or “that corrupt gang” and “powerful hands” that opposed his efforts to fight them.

Ayatollah Khamenehi-3
Ayatollah Khameneh'i controls Iran's huge oil revenues.

          Continuing the self-flagellation, he touched to the rejection of the ministers he presented to the Majles for the Oil Ministry after he was elected, Mr. Ahmadinejad told the crowd: “I presented four ministers (for Oil), the first one a Hezbollah brother fiercely anti-corruption was supposed to go there and fight the oil mafia, but immediately, he was accused of being hand in hand with the mafia he was supposed to fight. So, he was rejected (by the Majles). The second and third ones faced the same obstacles. Finally, I had no other choice but to retreat in order to save the ministry from total collapse. The situation with the banks is the same”, the President observed, referring to Mr. Ali Sa’idlou, a former revolutionary guard officer turned wealthy entrepreneur close to Mr. Ahmadinejad.

          “You must be informed that some people, supported by the enemy and using the weapon of sabotage and conspiracy, want to break the Government of your choice. They say openly to be in possession of the country’s oil wealth”, he further said, without, again, identifying the persons to have the nation’s oil wealth in their hands?

          “There are people who are in possession of classified secrets and use the information to their own benefits. There are people at the Custom Department who are so powerful that they can easily approve whatever they like at the level of both the Executive and the Legislative”, Mr. Ahmadinejad complained, without saying who are the people with such a huge influence at both the Government and the Parliament, if not people in the entourage of the Leader?.

          “If Mr. Ahmadinejad do not name any mafia culprit, or big fish, or persons who can get large credits from banks, those who possess the oil wealth etc it is because all those people are closely connected to Mr. Khameneh’i”, one informed source explained.

If Mr. Ahmadinejad do not name any mafia culprit, it is because all those people are closely connected to Mr. Khameneh’i.

          Actually, it is an open secret that Iran’s huge revenues from oil are controlled by Mr. Khameneh’i, his family and a handful of highly influential and powerful clerics. One of the sons of Mr. Khameneh’i has an office at the Oil Ministry and although he has no official status, yet he controls the revenues.

          All main posts related to the oil, like the National Iranian Oil Company, National Iranian Gas Company, offshore companies in charge of selling oil or making contracts with foreign firms are at the hands of close relatives of the Leader of the Islamic Republic or clerics close to him.

          Forgetting that he always insist that the resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council have no impact on Iran, Mr. Ahmadinejad revealed that foreign banks have blocked Iran’s deposits estimated 80 US billions Dollars, saying “though we have 80 billions in foreign banks, but every time Iranian firms needs credits for big projects, they create obstacles, all under pressures from bug powers intended to stop our economic development”. AHMADI CORRUPTION 18408



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